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Post-game report: Ottawa 7 Washington 1

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA (AP) - Rookie defenseman Andrej Meszaros had three assists, Ray Emery made 30 saves and the Ottawa Senators scored five special-teams goals in a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Washington rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin scored his 38th goal with 5:07 remaining in the third to spoil Emery's shutout bid. Emery won for the second straight night since taking over for the injured Dominik Hasek.

Leading 4-0 in Pittsburgh the night before, Ottawa held on to beat the Penguins in its first game following the Olympic break despite having its rookie goalie allow three third-period goals. This time, the Senators gave Emery more than enough offense with seven players scoring goals against Capitals goalies Olaf Kolzig and Brent Johnson.

Wade Redden, Jason Spezza and Brian Pothier scored power-play goals and Antoine Vermette and Peter Schaefer had short-handed goals.

Mike Fisher scored the first of six goals against Kolzig 1:04 in. Bryan Smolinski scored Ottawa's seventh goal 5:25 into the third, beating Johnson, who replaced Kolzig after Pothier's third of the season made it 6-0 at 11:40 of the second.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists, and Fisher, Redden, Schaefer and Pothier also had two points.

Washington, which won 5-3 in Toronto on Tuesday night, has lost nine of 12 and is last in the Southeast Division with 45 points.

Fisher took a long pass from Meszaros and got around defenseman Brendan Witt before beating Kolzig with a backhander to make it 1-0 at 1:04 of the first period.

Redden added a power-play goal at 12:59 and Vermette scored his fourth short-handed goal of the season 31 seconds into the second to make it 3-0.

Ottawa got its second power-play goal at 2:37 when Spezza took a pass from Alfredsson along the goal line to the left of the net and put a quick shot past Kolzig inside the left post.

Schaefer got credit for the Senators' second short-handed goal to make it 5-0 at 7:42. A video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line before the net was displaced.

Notes: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the game. ... Ovechkin made his Ottawa debut. ... Alfredsson was given a big ovation during a video scoreboard presentation of his Olympic gold-medal win with Sweden. ... Pothier's goal, combined with Ottawa's win, triggered a restaurant chain's promotion of a free slice of pizza for everyone in the capacity crowd of 19,346.

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